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President Biden departs after attending Mass at St. Joseph on the Brandywine Roman Catholic Church in Wilmington, Del., earlier this month. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden on Saturday honored his first wife and infant daughter who were killed in a 1972 car crash by visiting their graves at St. Joseph on the Brandywine Roman Catholic Church, AP reports.

The big picture: Biden visited the church in Wilmington, Del., with first lady Jill Biden along with other family members like Ashley and Hunter Biden, per AP.

  • His wife, Neilia, and 13-month-old daughter, Naomi, died after their car collided with a tractor-trailer while they were out Christmas shopping 49 years ago.
  • Their sons, Beau and Hunter, were also in the car at the time of the crash and were seriously injured but survived. Beau died of brain cancer in 2015.
  • The president married Jill in 1977 and added Ashley to the family.
  • The car crash occurred soon after Biden was elected to the Senate in 1972.

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King family leads Arizona rally to mobilize support for voting rights bills

Martin Luther King III addresses a "Let's Finish the Job for the People" rally near the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 14, 2021. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Family members of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. honored his birthday Saturday with a rally in Arizona to mobilize support for voting rights legislation.

Driving the news: The rally comes days after Martin Luther King III admonished Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) on Thursday, saying history will remember her "unkindly" for voicing her opposition to abolishing the filibuster to pass major voting rights bills.

Federal judge blocks Biden's vaccine mandate for federal workers

President Biden speaking from Eisenhower Executive Office Building on Jan. 21. Photo: Yuri Gripas/Abaca/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A federal judge in Texas blocked the Biden administration from enforcing its coronavirus vaccine mandate for federal workers on Friday, citing the outcome of last week's Supreme Court ruling that nullified the administration's vaccine-or-test requirement for large employers.

Why it matters: It's a blow to President Biden's efforts to increase the U.S.' vaccination rates, though much of the federal workforce has already been vaccinated against the virus.

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  1. Health: Pfizer and Moderna boosters overwhelmingly prevent Omicron hospitalizations, CDC finds — Omicron pushes COVID deaths toward 2,000 per day — The pandemic-proof health care giant.
  2. Vaccines: The case for Operation Warp Speed 2.0 — Starbucks drops worker vaccine or test requirement after SCOTUS ruling — Kids' COVID vaccination rates are particularly low in rural America.
  3. Politics: Biden concedes U.S. should have done more testing — Arizona says it "will not be intimidated" by Biden on anti-mask school policies.
  4. World: American Airlines flight to London forced to turn around over mask dispute — WHO: COVID health emergency could end this year — Greece imposes vaccine mandate for people 60 and older — Austria approves COVID vaccine mandate for adults.
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